Post-rock is undeniably a vague term, hiding a vast array of different sounds and influences. In one fell swoop Eschar manage to traverse the post-rock spectrum, from the ethereally spacious, to groove-laden, snarling riffs. Metal to post-rock and back again - this is an instrumental record where every musician becomes the frontman.
A serious step up from their last release, Nova is evidence of a tighter, more focused band, a group who have previously supported 65daysofstatic, Maybeshewill, and *shels. Set to play ArcTanGent 2015 and with more tours in the pipeline, the future looks bright for Eschar.
4) Echoes and Reflections
5) Discovery One
6) Falling Faintly Through the Universe
7) This Is Not for You
8) Turn Skyward
9) Contact Light
UK TECH-FEST announces 16 more bands including BETRAYING THE MARTYRS, LEPROUS and AGENT FRESCO
Tuesday 3rd March, 2015
UK TECH-FEST announces another 16 bands including fast-rising French metalcore band BETRAYING THE MARTYRS, prog metallers LEPROUS and alt-math-rockers AGENT FRESCO.
They are joined by:
Heavy Metal Ninjas
Mask of Judas
Slaughter To Prevail
No Sin Evades His Gaze
The Voynich Code
The Colour Line
Voices From The Fuselage (featuring Ashe O'Hara - ex TesseracT)
Agent Fresco will also be playing a very special acoustic set.
They join Decapitated (UK Exclusive), The Contortionist (UK Exclusive), Haken, Cyclamen, Slice The Cake (Worldwide Exclusive Debut), Plini (Europe Exclusive Debut), Sithu Aye (Worldwide Exclusive Debut), Novelists, Shokran (UK Exclusive Debut), The Room Colored Charlatan, Sectioned, The Dali Thundering Concept, Kardashev, The Parallel, FOES, She Was The Universe and Hieroglyph.
Many more bands including two more headliners are to be announced, as well as after-parties, workshops and seminars, so stay tuned for more updates soon!
Tickets are £59.95 plus £20 camping, available to purchase here.
Tech Fest is once again working with Metal Hammer, Zilla, Double Slit Guitars, Jagermeister, Ibanez, North Custom Drums, got-djent.com, Raw Audio Solutions and Ohmz Sound Services. Tech Fest is also very excited to announce partnering with Hands On Printing who are second stage sponsors, Stay Close Clothing as official clothing partner, Moomin Merchandise and Big Fish Rentals Ltd.
Tech Fest organiser Simon Garrod comments on the new partnerships:
"Hands On Printing - Our dear friend Ryan has been printing our merch since the beginning. We are pleased to confirm Hands on Printing as Second Stage sponsors for UKTMF! Please welcome them and raise a glass to the "Hands on Printing Stage".
"Moomin Merchandise - These guys are hard at work creating glass-wear/zippos/hip flasks and bottle openers for UKTMF 2015.
"Big Fish Rentals Ltd - Special thanks to Big Fish Rentals who will be providing us with a very fancy keyboard to help out our friends Leprous and Agent Fresco to use at Tech-Fest 2015. Anyone needing to hire musical gear in the UK drop them a message and mention that you heard about them from us!
"Stay Close Clothing - These guys are are joining us as our official clothing partners. They have a wide range of their own merch designs so head over and check them out! We thank them for their support, you can expect a huge range of Stay Close Clothing Merch on sale at UKTMF 2015!"
Deadly Circus Fire sign worldwide deal with Musicarchy Media to release new album
Tuesday 3rd March, 2015
Progressive metallers DEADLY CIRCUS FIRE are very excited to announce signing to new independent label Musicarchy Media who will release the band's highly anticipated new album The Hydra's Tailor this May.
The band have released the following album teaser:
Following a successful PledgeMusic campaign raising over £10k, Deadly Circus Fire were approached by Musicarchy Media, whose ethos, strategy and passion felt like the perfect fit.
Guitarist Save Addario explains:
"We are very excited to announce that Deadly Circus Fire have signed a great record deal with Musicarchy Media. It's difficult these days to find a label that would invest a lot into a band. It seems most labels are more and more the McDonalds of the music industry where they deliver "fast food" music. It's not just about the financial side of things, but the great commitment and passion that this new label with an old school approach has to offer."
Founded by former Skylark vocalist Kiara Laetitia, Musicarchy Media is a new label, management and booking agency set up to promote artistic excellence for music fans with the artists' interest at the heart of the business.
Kiara comments on signing Deadly Circus Fire:
"Deadly Circus Fire is a unique band with a very unique sound. They're heavy as hell but then there's something so melodic about everything they do...there's mind, body, sweat and soul in every single note of their music...it's hard to explain in words - you just have to check them out to fully understand what I'm talking about. That's why I decided I wanted them with us!"
Kiara's music career has spanned more than a decade working with Skylark and Virgin Steele's David De Feis on her solo material, achieving global success including two top five albums in Japan. Having worked with many labels and been a part of many deals, she felt there was a huge gap in the market for a label with an artist focused business model; in 2014 she took the leap to set up Musicarchy, which is exactly that. She continues:
"Musicarchy Media is all about delivering great music by awesome bands, making sure our artists are as satisfied as possible with what the label is doing for them, and last but not least we are committed to investing on their growth which is something that most labels don't do anymore. My belief is that the best music can only be the result of a relaxed yet professional working environment and this is what we offer at Musicarchy Media".
The Hydra's Tailor was produced, engineered and mixedmusical master piece and an by Phil Kinman throughout the autumn of 2014. Beautiful melodies, sinister overtones and crushing riffs are weaved into creative arrangements and bold songwriting, creating an epic progressive metal journey. A must listen for fans of Tool, Mastodon and Deftones.
The Hydra's Tailor follows on from the band's debut album The King and the Bishop which received critical acclaim from Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine and more.
The Hydra's Tailor tracklisting:
01. In Darkness We Trust
03. Where It Lies
05. Devil's Opera
06. Rise Again
08. House Of Plagues
10. The Hydra's Tailor
11. Turning The Tide
TRACK AND FIELD announce physical release of 'You Are My Home' including digital download with bonus material
Tuesday 24th February, 2015
Yorkshire indie emo outfit TRACK AND FIELD are pleased to announce that their debut EP You Are My Home will be released on vinyl on the 13th April.
The vinyl, which is limited to 250 copies and can also be purchased in a t-shirt bundle, will also contain a digital download of the EP which will feature two bonus tracks - an acoustic version of the band's stunning lead single World and a brand new unheard track entitled For A While.
The original 4-track digital EP is available on all major digital retailers including iTunes and Amazon, as well as to stream on Spotify.
The news also coincides with the announcement that the quintet will be playing a show in support of Hindsights on the 24th March at Santiagos in their home city of Leeds. Further live dates will be announced in the near future.
Track and Field also recently revealed the video to their single World, which was directed and produced by Giles Smith who has worked on previous projects with You Me At Six and Royal Blood.
In recent times, the amplified buzz around the indie emo scene has welcomed the emergence of some incredible talent, and Track and Field are no exception. Their four-track debut blends mesmerising rhythms, elegantly crafted melodies, hazy vocals and bouncy drum-lines to deliver captivating material that puts them way ahead of their years.
The five guys that make up Track and Field all boast musical pasts, but ones that couldn’t distance them further from the genre that has brought them together. The band is, in fact, the marriage of current and ex-members of extreme grind violence outfit The Afternoon Gentlemen and punk rockers The Plight; the latter signed to Visible Noise and completed UK and European tours with household names including Converge, Gallows and Cancer Bats before their disbandment in 2011. Now venturing into a brand new realm, the quintet are moving in an exciting direction which enables them to deliver personal and expressive music outside of their comfort zone.
You Are My Home tracklisting:
For A While*
*exclusively featured on the digital download accompanying the physical release.
Instrumental proggers HEIGHTS sign to Basick Records to release third album
Friday 20th February, 2015
Progressive three-piece HEIGHTS featuring drummer Jamie Postones of TesseracT announce signing to Basick records to release their third album on the 27th April, Phantasia On The High Processions Of Sun, Moon And Countless Stars Above.
Check out the stream of Solar (Bringer of Chaos), Lunar (Bringer Of Light)HERE.
Combining elements of prog rock, post rock, jazz and classical composition, Heights weave intricate nuances through textured soundscapes with a wonderful air of simplicity. Guitarist Al Heslop’s grand compositional vision, Bassist John Hopkins’ finesse and Jamie’s natural groove become a luscious flow of sound that is both beautiful and deeply detailed.
Produced by Al, Phantasia.. is full and majestic but also simple and raw; every pluck, slide and ghost note is crystal clear, as if you're sitting in the room with the band.
As their third record to date, Phantasia On The High Processions Of Sun, Moon And Countless Stars Above is their most adventurous effort yet.
Al explains: "The new album is a culmination of four years work. The new album, to us, is more ambitious in terms of songwriting scope and we think the pieces sound more cohesive overall. We've steadily increased our confidence in pushing our playing abilities further and really pushing the 3 piece line up to utilise each aspect to the full, for example some main melodies are more bass driven, with bass taking centre stage and guitars accompanying."
On signing to Basick, Al continues: "We've been friends with the Basick guys for years and they've always been very supportive and enthuastic about what we do, so it seemed like a great time to work with them and we're really excited to be part of the family!"